What does the colour RED signify? Love? Stop? Or danger?

The love that you feel for your kids should be able to make you say STOP to a lot of things that are harmful for your kids. For example, an intake of  too many chemicals, eating too much fast food, playing too many video games, late nights, mall fun etc. So listed below are some things that you should immediately put a stop to in your child’s life if you really ‘love’ them, then show them the colour red- ‘STOP!’

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  1. Mall hopping-This is fine once a week but other times you should take your child to parks, beaches or on a treasure hunt around the city.
  2. fast-food-designs-collection_23-2147609981Fast food and packaged food is fine once a week too, as chemicals are entering your growing child’s body and causing havoc with his/her health and immune system.
  3. Show the colour red to your child for all kinds of soft drinks and wafers. If these were meant for kids then the ads would be targeted at kids, but they are not, they are targeted to the youth, so keep your kids away from them.fast-food-designs-collection_23-2147609981
  4. Show your child the colour red for late nights as your child’s brain is suffering because of late nights, after all the brain uses sleep time to sorting information and less sleep means the brain is not able to do its work. Children should be in bed by 9 pm. Yes, you heard it right, after all you love your kids don’t you?
  5. Your kids should not be watching television alone, you or another adult should always be with them, because it is important that you help them interpret the world of television to understand what is right and what is wrong etc.icons-about-journalism_1212-161
  6. Try to have a chemical free week! Yes, try to keep your kids away from every kind of chemical and understand how many chemicals you are pumping into your loving child unknowingly!

 

So do the above to use the colour red as a signal to STOP, now let’s learn about using the colour red as a sign for DANGER. This is for parents; remind yourself that too much love can be dangerous, very dangerous for your child’s emotional development and overall health. So learn to be firm. Too much of pampering and giving in to your child’s every demand spells danger, so look into your interaction with your child. Does your child win you over with tears and tantrums? Then red for love actually spells red for danger. Be firm about rules, be firm about what is good for your child and not what is good for you to keep your child quiet!

Now its time to add the color red in your child’s diet. After all this month is about the color red, so try the following in your child’s diet:

TOMATOES- Red for lovetomato

Correspond with: A tomato has four chambers and is red. Ditto for your HEART.

Their benefits: Tomatoes have fibre and lycopene, a type of phytochemicals. This is a powerful anti –oxidant. They also have Vitamin K which regulates blood flow.

Combine With: Lotus root, which resemble arteries. Okra is a good combo too since it’sfood-elements-collection_1212-397 known to purify blood capillaries. Tomatoes are best consumed through soups and sauces (without preservatives). While the raw form is healthy, cooked tomatoes are more advantageous as the heating process makes lycopene easily absorbable.

 

So red is for love and red is also to signal stop and danger..involve all three elements in your parenting.

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Round and round we go, sometimes fast and sometimes slow!

Have you seen children twirl around, again and again and again, spinning fast and slow until they feel giddy? Well, little children love round shapes, in fact the first squiggles that a little toddler draws on a piece of paper are round squiggles. The first shape he/she recognizes are round shapes.

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A round ball may be your child’s first toy and the first shape that he/she recognizes. But is a ball round in shape or is it a sphere?

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Yes, we commonly confuse balls as round, circle and sphere shaped. The ball is a sphere, a biscuit is round and a circle is what a teacher tells children to  form by holding hands  in  class. So,  a sphere is a 3 dimensional shape, round is a flat shape and a circle is the outer circumference of a round shape.

And children should always be taught both 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional shapes together! Yes this was advocated by Froebel the Father of Kindergarten and he would give children 3 dimensional shapes  and have a song for each shape and so did Maria Montessori. She has ‘shape insets’ to teach children about flat shapes and she would recommend giving actual solid 3 dimensional shapes to children to hold and feel. This helps children better understand geometry in the later years.

The next time you want to buy a learning gift for your child, buy some Montessori toys.

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Children love everything that looks round in shape; the moon, round biscuits, a ball. But some round shapes are good and some are bad! So lets explore the good and the bad round shapes that your child may experience:

  1. Round biscuits are fine but not if they are too salty or too sweet like many cream biscuits.
  2. Round pizza is very unhealthy for children unless of course mummy has made it at home with  vegetables.
  3. Take your child and his/her favourite toy- the ball (sphere) to the garden and have fun with your child.
  4. The merry go round is a good activity for children to be involved in.
  5. A round watch or clock is good to teach your child the concept of time.
  6. Round sugar sweets are not good for children.

 

  • Have fun going on a treasure hunt with your child, create three columns on a paper- write round, circle and sphere and then go around the house and try to identify as many shapes as possible and when you find these three shapes, write down the names of the object in the correct column.
  • Similarly with other shapes teach your child the names of the 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional shapes, so try to find these too:
  1. Square – what is the 3 dimensional square called?
  2. Triangle- what is the 3 dimensional triangle called?
  3. Rectangle- is there a 3 dimensional rectangle? What is it called?

 

Have fun with the round shape family and by doing this you will be giving your child a firm foundation of geometry for life.

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Hop…..skip…..jump!

Children are always on the move, even when we expect them to sit straight!

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But here it is important for adults to read the following line- “Small muscle exercises stimulate brain growth”- so what we call ‘fidgeting’ and ‘hyper-active’  are just a child’s body requiring that movement to stimulate the neuron connections in his/her brain. This blog is dedicated to this tendency in children that always keeps them active and on the move. So let’s help kids hop…skip….and jump, after all it’s good for your child’s brain!

When a child starts fidgeting it is a clear  sign that his/her interest in the activity has started waning and so we need to stimulate the child.  Sometimes we need to ask children to get up, to turn around or to raise their hands and shake their fingers to get them to focus once again.  Children love movement, well we cannot blame them, they have just learnt to walk, to run and to jump and so naturally they would like to do these activities all the time, unless you get them interested in something that is more engaging than these new found skills!

Ten ‘brainy reasons’ why children should HOP…SKIP….JUMP and play:

  1. Touching, feeling, exploring, making and breaking are all activities that enrich the senses and this helps the brain develop new synapses.brain 1
  2. Free play, or play that involves choices, logic and thinking skills helps enhance the frontal lobe.
  3. The hand and the brain need each other: neurologically, “a hand is always in search of a brain and a brain is in search of a hand,” as stated by Mr. Wilson.
  4. The use of the hands to manipulate three-dimensional objects is an essential part of brain development.
  5. Imaginative play and role play are all part of symbolic play. Symbolic play is when aTe whariki 6 child can use a symbol or an object to represent another item, for example he/she uses a piece of block as a pretend telephone etc. When a child is able to experience symbolic play he/she will definitely be able to excel in reading and writing activities as reading is basically about representing a picture or a story through symbols (all letters and words are symbols).
  6. All play should be fun for kids as positive emotions enhance memory  and no play should be stressful or too competitive as our bodies release harmful chemicals under stress and these chemicals are not good for the brain
  7.  Play that is self-initiated, involving trial and error, problem solving skills, and cause and effect are good for developing the brain’s neural pathways.
  8. Play helps develop children’s language skills as the more sensory based experiencesbanana-phone the child has, the more the child will want to talk about their play and hence language development will be enhanced.
  9. Memory increases by revisiting information frequently- so play often, as children like to play the same games everyday, which is fine as long as they are interested in the game.
  10. Cross lateral movements keep both sides of the brain working- so the more creeping, crawling and marching play activities your child does, the better for his/her brain. How? Cross laterals are arm and leg movements that cross over from one side of the body to the other. Since the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body and vice versa, the two sides of the brain are forced to communicate when the legs and arms cross over.

 

Help children hop, skip and jump and also develop their smarts.

 

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Why does my child refuse to share?

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Sharing and other social skills are part of social development, which includes  being able to participate in group activities, knowing how to behave in a group, how to wait for a turn and how to ask for things etc..(manners).

Children learn by imitation, so first of all the care giver must have the highest social skills.Social development is a process, it happens in steps and is also a product of the child’s observation. Hence social skills are best enhanced keeping in mind the developmental stage of the child and exposing him/her to the right environment, role models and activities for social development.

Play is the work of childhood and children learn through play. Play also defines the social development of the child. There are different age related stages of play, we are listing them into three broad categories:

1.Solitary play

2.Parallel play

3.Group play

 

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During the solitary play stage a child wants to be alone while playing, he/she gets irritable even if there is another child sitting near him/her, so you can forget about the

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child wanting to share their toys! This stage usually lasts up to 2 years and some children may move on from this stage at an earlier age whilst others may remain in this stage for a longer period of time. This depends on the environment and a lot of other factors. Children at this stage should be given their own toys and if in a school environment, then all the toys given to kids at any given time should be similar because children get irritable about ‘their space.’It is important to distance the children from each other and hence over crowded classrooms with less toys don’t work well for these children and they tend to be irritable and unsociable.

At the parallel play stage the child is now ready to have another child sitting near him/her   but still wants his /her  own toys, ( and even the the other child’s toys, it’s a stage of me, my, mine). It’s o.k if you put the child next to me, but see that he /she does not touch my toys!!!!!  This stage occurs between the ages of 2 and 3 years but sometimes children may continue to want to play in this way till the age of 4 years. scene-of-cute-girls-playing_23-2147610247

At the group play stage kids now enjoy playing in a group, but have yet to form an understanding of rules and regulations.

 

Now keeping these in mind, you can imagine how difficult  it will be for a child in the solitary play stage to be taken on a play-date where he/she has to share! Or for a child in the parallel play stage to share the swing or the slide whilst playing in the park. Due to the age of the child and the stage of play, it is but natural for children to throw tantrums when they are expected to play in a way that doesn’t match their stage of play.

 

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98% of my brain develops in the first five years. What are you doing to nurture it?

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The brain is a wonderful organ, and everything that we are and become depends on our brain development. More so for little kids as at this very moment a baby’s brain is buzzing with neuron growth and connections are being made and strengthened. Sadly most parents are ‘kept away’ from this informative knowledge about how to nurture the brain of their child. Yes, feeding them an omega 3 rich diet will help, but your child’s brain requires more than that. So here are 18 facts/ideas that many parents don’t know about  the developing brain of their child.

  1. At birth, all of your baby’s organs – the heart, lungs, kidneys- are fully developed, but they are smaller than an adult’s organs. All except one- the brain. human brain
  2. Between the sixth week and fifth month of pregnancy, your baby’s brain grew about 100 billion cells! Some of these brain cells are connected at birth, but most are not.
  3. During the first five years of life (and afterwards at a slower rate), your child’s brain is hard at work connecting these brain cells.Blue swimming pool rippled water detail
  4. More than three quarters of the brain is made up of water.
  5. Scientists tell us that there are times when certain parts of the brain can learn new information more easily than at other times, they call these times windows of opportunity. Some of these windows open and then close during the first few years of life.
  6. Some ways that your child moves can actually improve his/her learning! When your baby crawls, your toddler plays patty-cake, or your preschooler dances with scarves, both sides of the brain are crawling babyput to work. This is important because both sides of the brain are used in many learning skills. So movement can help prepare your child to learn.
  7. Never shake your baby! Shaking may cause your baby’s brain to swell, bleed, or bruise.
  8. Also, don’t throw your baby into the air, even though you are just playing. Hurting your baby’s brain by shaking or throwing may cause learning disabilities, blindness, seizures, mental retardation, and even death.
  9. Positive emotions enhance memory as our bodies release harmful chemicals under stress, these chemicals are not good for the brain.
  10. Diet activates memory.fruits 2
  11. The brain needs to be properly hydrated in order to be alert
  12. Aromas and colours also stimulate mental alertness and memory.
  13. Small muscle exercise stimulates brain growth. No wonder children are fidgety, constantly moving their fingers and toes!
  14. The more multi sensory the activity, the more likely the child is to process the learning activity.
  15. adee6b753386a2d074466d93bb12754cSleep time is important for brain development, as the brain organizes all the incoming material, otherwise lack of sleep can lead to confusion and loss of what is learnt.
  16. Breast-feeding your baby for the first twelve months of life can boost his/her IQ by up to 8 points. If you can’t breast-feed or have to stop early, be sure to use a commercial infant formula that is fortified with brain-boosting nutrients.
  17. Feed your toddler an optimal diet to enhance brain growth. Even a slight deficiency in a key vitamin, mineral, or nutrient (such as iron iodine) during the time when the brain is going through its spectacular growth spurt can result in a lower IQ, poor test scores, depression, and even teen drug abuse down the road.
  18. If a child is stressed out, unhappy, under-stimulated, poorly nourished, or exposed to brain toxins in the  environment, important neural connections will die and the child’s brain will be less efficient, and simply stated, he/she will not be as smart.

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My clothes…and me!

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These days you will not see baby girls in pink and  baby boys in blue in hospitals as there is a strong wave of  non bias behaviour which basically means that there is  no bias in how we treat a girl or a boy right from the start when we decide the colour of their clothes and which toys they can play with.toys 5

 

 

Are children fashion conscious?

Yes they are. Naturally they would be, if they are playing with Barbie dolls and all of her fashion paraphernalia then it is natural that they would want to imitate Barbie’s fashion sense  and also want their mothers to be dressed accordingly.

But what about boys? Are they brand conscious? Yes, boys have ‘heroes’ and depending on who their  present ‘hero’ is (their heroes keep changing) they would want to emulate the fashion sense of the hero and perhaps also want their fathers to be dressed accordingly.

What impact does dressing up if any have on kids? Their dressing style can impact their confidence, their independence and their comfort level with their body.

In the toddler years, children are very fussy dressers, they take long to dress up, they can be cranky, want to dress up rather slowly whilst being  very picky and choosy. Why is that so? According to Maria Monterssori children go through many sensitive periods in the first five years and at age 2 and 3 they go through the sensitive period of order which means they want things in the same manner every day, so if you were making the child wear his left sleeve first and then his right sleeve then it better be the same every day, otherwise you are setting yourself up for an expected tantrum from your child. This sense of order makes them select the same kinds of clothes and sometimes even makes them insist on the same clothes every day, which can be quite frustrating for the adult.

Sensitivity to independence is yet another stage kids go through, where it is all about ‘I will do it myself’ and when they cannot, it results in low self esteem, self doubt and low confidence. At such a stage, the selection of clothes becomes very important, because if a child cannot buckle his/her belt, or cannot button his/her shirt, this will end up frustrating the child to the extent of negatively impacting his/her emotional development.

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As kids approach age 6 to 10 years it’s all about socialising and friends become more important and the need to belong overrides all other needs, and it is in this stage that girls especially become very fussy and picky dressers and even insist that their mothers and fathers dress well. “After all all my friends will notice!” So mom’s are told by little girls, ‘I hope you are not coming like that to drop me to school?’ and the mom feels that well, I am not getting down from the car, so I guess it is o.k. but not for your little fashion princess, it matters to her how you dress. Preening in front of a mirror becomes a large part of the activities of the day. Girls especially start noticing models in advertisements and films and want to imitate their fashion sense.

 

 

 

Never force your child to wear something that he or she is uncomfortable in, as it will negatively impact their self esteem. Clothes that are ill fitting, or too stiff, or prick can all make your child uncomfortable, cranky and irritable or just make them feel like crying, either way the occasion is ruined and it leaves a negative impact on the child’s mind. They do not relate it to the clothes, but end up hating similar events. So whether it’s a birthday party, a wedding or an annual program, let your child wear the dress some days prior to the event, at least for an hour to understand  whether he/she is comfortable in those particular clothes.

Teenagers have their own fashion sense, and it borders more on attracting or detracting attention based on the emotional state of the adolescent. Some want to blend in with the crowd and will wear exactly what the group wears and others want to be rebels and will wear something that shocks others.  Tattoos, belts, body piercing and hair color all become a part of the fashion statement but at this stage they don’t appreciate the same style in their parents. Don’t think that the best way to get close to your teenager is by dying your hair pink and showing up with new tattoos, they may just be the ones to disown you!

 

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My teeth

 

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Teeth are a fascinating body part. Imagine getting a whole new set as you grow older! And then growing out your painful wisdom teeth! Teeth are the gateway to our health and need to be taken more seriously. They make their presence felt when we have a tooth ache and have to face the drill of the dentist.

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But kids need to realise that just because they will get another set of teeth after the milk teeth have fallen, it does not mean that they shouldn’t take care of their teeth.

‘Bite’ into this blog and have a ‘toothy’ time.

 

 

All about dental hygiene

(adapted from  ‘What to expect in the toddler years’- BY Heidi Murkoff )

How to select a good toothbrush

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  • A good toothbrush for kids is one with a small head, that is soft and has rounded bristles.
  • Choose a brush that’s decorated with your little one’s favorite characters or you can buy stickers and decorate the brush with your child. This lets the child known that  the toothbrush ‘belongs’ to him/her.
  • If there is a toothbrush available which plays music or flashes light, this is a good option for children who are fussy.  The music should last for exactly 2 minutes as that is the recommended time that children should brush their teeth.
  • You can even create your own brushing song and sing while your child brushes. This  makes  brushing interesting but remember to keep singing till your child finishes brushing his/her teeth!
  • Music, songs, lights, stickers are all okay, but remember that the brushing technique is more important then the brush you pick.

Brushing techniques

First of all remember YOU are the designated ‘brusher’ till your child learns. So yes, get ready to be there during brushing time! Also remember that children become independent ‘tooth brushers’ only between the age of 5 to 10!

So enjoy your designation till then.

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The healthy brushing technique

  • Working one tooth at a time, use a gentle back and forth motion across the chewing and inner surfaces (finish one side first before going on to the other so you don’t lose track).
  • Switch to a circular motion along the sides and the outer gum lines(with the brush at a 45-degree angle).
  • Lightly brush the gums where teeth haven’t yet erupted, or wipe them with a gauze pad, baby finger brush, or washcloth, and also do a gentle once-over on the tongue(where a lot of bacteria can hang out).
  • Start teaching your little one how to rinse after brushing (most toddlers master the rinse and spit around age 2).
  • As always , it’s easiest to teach through example: show him or her how you lean over the sink and say ‘’ptooey.’’
  • Rinsing is important not only because it gets rid of the toothpaste which one not need swallow, but it also eliminates bits of loosened food that would otherwise resettle on the teeth.
  • Remind your child  that keeping their teeth clean helps them stay strong and healthy, so they won’t get ‘boo-boos.’
  • Also point out that strong teeth will let him or her eat yummy food.
  • And yes, brushing twice a day helps keep your teeth healthy.

Tooth Timetable

 The diagram given below will give you the ages and stages at which your child’s teeth will grow.

 

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My bathroom…my playground!

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Parents play with their kids at home. They play in the living room, the bedroom, some moms even play with their kids in the kitchen but the bathroom is one place where parents don’t see any need for play and yet the child finds water an interesting source of play! This is because water calms and relaxes children, the sounds of water and the cooling effects of water all make the child want to stay in the bathroom forever. Well, here are two simple games that maybe you can play with your child on a Sunday and make your child happy.baby tummy

Play in the bath-tub or in the bathroom-

Need for water play

  1. It is therapeutic.duckie_2557749
  2. It aids eye – hand co-ordination.
  3. It aids fine motor co-ordination.
  4. Children get to use their ‘touch’ sense.
  5. Children get to play in the water and are often not allowed to do so in their homes.
  6. Children get to explore the different properties of water like flowing, taking shape of the container, colour, smell, taste, can soak certain materials etc.

The different things children like to do with water

(Most importantly if your child is afraid of playing with water or is hesitant then do not force the child.)

Children from birth to 1 often:

  • Splash water with their hands
  • Throw things in the water and and enjoy seeing it splash
  • Play in the water with their hands or their full body

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One & two year olds enjoy:

  • Pouring.
  • Squeezing-bottles, sponges.
  • Filling bottles-screwing and unscrewing caps, matching caps to bottles.
  • Sorting (Cut 10 sponges into shapes; make the child sort into different containers.)
  • Sensory fun (warm water/cold water).
  • Floating toys.
  • Washing baby dolls, dishes, chairs, etc.

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Three & four year olds may:

  • Pour water into glasses without spilling it.
  • Draw a line with a marker on the outside of a container and have child fill the water to the line.
  • Measure: How many scoops/cups fill this container?
  • Squeeze and fill bottles.
  • Tongs transfer: pick smaller items out of the water with tongs and transfer to another container.
  • The sink or float experiment.
  • Make boats.
  • Wash baby dolls, wash and hang up doll clothes.

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Important points to remember

  1. Some children might not like to play in the water; do not force them.
  2. Keep the materials ready before hand.
  3. See that all the materials are clean and do not have any sharp edges.
  4. See that the water temperature is lukewarm.

 

Game 1 – The birthday bash

Words that should be USED: –

  •  It is the doll’s birthdaywater balloons
  • Let’s sing for her
  • Let’s burst the water balloons
  • Let’s trample the water balloons

Setting up: Fill the bathroom, bathtub with water balloons; seat a doll on a chair.

What to do: Tell the child that it’s the doll’s birthday party. And today she has called all her friends to have fun at the party. She has lots and lots of water balloons. Your child can sing happy birthday to the doll and then  burst all the balloons.  Sit on them, stamp them, or just throw them against the wall.

Game 2 – Colour fun

Words that should be USED

  • Let’s aim the passengers into their boats.
  • Swing your arm and aim the bottle cap.
  • Never mind let’s try again.
  • Very good, why don’t you try with the other colour now?
  • Let’s clap hands.
  • Which colour boat does this passenger belong to?
  • Let’s see, do the colours match?
  • What colour is this?
  • What colour is the boat?

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Body parts that are exercised

  • Fingers
  • Wrists
  • Lower arm
  • Elbow
  • Upper arm
  • Shoulder
  • Spine

Materials to be used

  • Apple trays of different colours
  • Stickers of different coloured boats
  • Bottle caps of the same colour as that of the apple trays.

 

Setting up: Place the different coloured apple trays in the water in the bucket or a small bath tub so that they may float.

What to do:

  • Tell the child that the apple trays are  boats floating in the water. These boats have left some of its passengers behind.
  • Help the passengers into the boats by aiming them into the boats.
  • Tell the child that the blue bottle caps should be  aimed at into the blue boat, red bottle caps in the red boat and so on.

 

Have a splashing time converting your bathroom into your child’s playground!

 

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Let the sun shine in your child’s life!

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We adults have become too protective, ‘Don’t play in the sun’, ‘Don’t touch that tree’, ‘Don’t play in the grass, you will get dirty’ or the most common instruction, ‘Go and play but please don’t come back with dirty clothes!’

If taken away from television, video games and air conditioned rooms, children do have fun in nature. They also need nature, they need the calming, cooling connect with nature. It helps them develop patience, soothes them, helps them concentrate, rejuvenates them with positive energy and also helps them burn out negative energy.

natureIn a path breaking book- ‘Last Child In The Woods’, author Richard Louv, introduces a new deficit, ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’, and it is so true for today’s children. This disconnect from nature is unknowingly contributing to hypertension, hyperactivity and attention problems.Our bodies are made of the five ‘tatvas’ (5 elements), the same five elements are also found in nature which means we are made up of nature! And hence inherently our bodies seek nature, want to be close to it, want to benefit from it and nurture it, but changing lifestyles have taken us away from nature and this is the angst that the body is going through.

At Born Smart we  have developed a link between nature elements and how they can be developed in the nature and personality of children so that educators and parents can inculcate the same in children.  The five nature elements are Water, Wind, Sky, Earth, Fire. 

 

 

 

 

The nature element Fire,  What can this element cultivate in the personality of your child?

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  • Fire can give warmth.
  • Fire can destroy.
  • We often comment that people lack the ‘fire’ or the ‘drive.’
  • Hence fire or Agni is the zest, the will, the spirit and the force, which we must cultivate in children to make them achievers.
  • Too much of the above can be destructive.

How to help your child benefit from the natural element, Fire?

Simple, let them  play in the sun everyday and see the change. Stop worrying about sunburn or tans, remember caps and shady trees? we are not talking about scorching sun activities but ensure that your child gets ample time to play in the sun as it is good for the overall health of your child. Especially early morning, when the sun is not so harsh.

 

The nature element- Sky, What can this element cultivate in the personality of your child?

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  • The sky houses the wonders like the moon, the sun, the stars and the planets.
  • The sky can show you a rainbow.
  • Or can scare you with dark clouds and lightening.
  • Cultivate in children the ability to be able to have a balance in their personality traits.
  • Be able to cultivate many values like a rainbow.
  • And reach and touch limitless horizons like the sky.

How to help your child benefit from the natural element, Sky?

Open air activities any time of the day are better than air-conditioned rooms and activities. Go to the park, to a bench in a park rather than the mall and the freedom of being exposed to the sky will rejuvenate your child.

The nature element – Water, What can this nature element cultivate in the personality of your child?

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  • Water is ‘soothing’ and calm.
  • Water is essential, it can dissolve almost anything!!!!
  • Water can flow, drip and drizzle.
  • And water can be the cause of drowning; water can become a tsunami or a flood!
  • In children lets try and give them the positive qualities, lets inculcate in them the ability to absorb from the environment and yet remain calm.
  • Let us teach them the value of completely dissolving and cleansing all negative influences from their environment.

How to help your child benefit from the natural element, Water? 

Help your child hear different water sounds and see how your child’s auditory discrimination skills improve. Help your little one  create music with water and see his/her musical intelligence blossom. Allow baby to play with water and see his/her attention and patience improve.

The nature element- Air, What can this element cultivate in the personality of your child?

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  • Air is everywhere.
  • Everyone needs air.
  • No one can see the air.
  • Air can be soothing or the air can become a storm and destroy things.
  • Similarly independence in children is like air.
  • Independence can give them the ability to explore, gives them a zeal to venture.
  • But too much independence can become a storm that destroys everything in its path.

 How to help your child benefit from the natural element, Air? 

Give your child opportunities to feel the grass, play with sand, splash in water and hug a tree! When was the last time your child did this? These sensorial experiences connect directly with your child and help them become more grounded and confident. Let them feel the wind with activities like football at the beach or kite flying, the different and varied experiences will definitely benefit them!

Earth, What can this element cultivate in the personality of your child?

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  • The earth or land has a balance of great resources
  • The earth cannot fight back when its resources are misused.
  • Let a child be a powerhouse of resources, skills, talents etc just like the Earth.
  • Let’s give them the ability to voice out their feelings.

How to help your child benefit from the natural element, Earth? 

Include gardening activities in everyday routine, simple things like watering plants will also benefit your child. In case you do not have a garden space, go for picnics and sit on the beach or on the grass.

 

Let’s gift the world back to our children. Let the sun shine in their lives.

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The 7 magical wonders to gift children.

 

 7 is such a wonderful numberseven

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7 colours in a rainbow,

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7 musical notes.

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It’s almost as if it’s a magical number. It tells us that when 7 things come together, it can make magic. So how about using the number 7 in your parenting? Yes parenting can be a pleasure or a pain, it can be a science or just plain trial and error. It can be an art or it can be a drudgery, the choice is in how it is perceived and practiced. So use the number 7 to make parenting a pleasure, a science and an art. Here are seven things that you can do as part of your parenting every day:

  1. Hug your child at least 7 times each day. Physical contact is a human need and it brings out the ‘happy chemicals’ in the brain.happy brain
  2. Feed your child at least 7 different varieties of food every day. The more varied your child’s diet is, the more interesting and healthy it will be, so avoid just cereals for the whole day, have a combination of fruits, cereals, vegetables, milk, dry fruits, sweets and grains.

3. Give your child 7 minutes of break time during a long homework session. The body and the mind both require breaks, it helps rejuvenate the brain and helps children remain attentive.

4. On the 7th day of the week (Sunday) spend the full day with your child and try to find 7 colours in the outdoors, at the park, beach or anywhere under the sun.

5. 7 o’clock is a good time to wake up every morning, it means that your child goes to sleep early every night to get the minimum hours of sleep required for a healthy brain.

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6.Check your child’s toy box, does it have 7 different kinds of toys? Variety is not only the spice of life, it is also the spice of happiness that in turn leads to attention, learning, and retention.

7.Ensure that your child drinks at least 7 glasses of water every day. Water contains oxygen and the brain requires oxygen or else children become lethargic and unable to concentrate. Water also cleanses the body.

7 simple things! Make them your parenting wonders and then see your child grow up happy and healthy.